New to Baseball

New to Baseball

Are You a New Baseball Parent?

As a parent who is new-to-the-game, you will have lots of questions from what type of Baseball equipment is best for your child, how to throw or catch a ball efficiently. Source For Sports has tips and how-to information to get you and your child started.

Kids Baseball Equipment

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Choosing the Right Baseball Glove

There are 2 keys things to consider when you're looking for a new baseball glove; sizing correctly for the position you play and the quality of the glove for your needs and budget. 

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Fastpitch Vs. Baseball

As a new baseball parent or player, you may be wondering what the main differences are between fastpitch softball and baseball since it will mean different leagues and styles of play.

New To Baseball | Fastpitch Softball VS. Baseball

Fastpitch Softball

Learn to Play / Blastball

  • Introduction to softball – ages 3 to 5 and 6
  • Teams of 5 to 9 players
  • Games are usually 45 minutes of play No pitching required – players hit a foam ball off a stationary tee and must run to one base approximately 50 feet from home plate
  • Players develop basic baseball and teamwork skills while understanding sportsmanship

Rookie / Mites

  • Ages 6 to 9
  • Teams of 9 players
  • Players hit off a mechanical pitching machine operated by a parent or coach using a 11” indoor rubber ball and aluminum or composite bats
  • Players develop basic hitting, fielding, throwing and running skills and are taught basic rules of softball

U12 / U14 / U16 / U19 / U23 / ADULT

  • Teams of 9 or more players
  • Teams of 9 players
  • Windmill pitching is required using an 11” or 12” regulation size cored softball
  • Aluminum or composite Softball Canada approved bats
  • Games usually consist of 7 innings of play


Rally Cap

  • Introduction to baseball – ages 5 to 8, but can be as young as 4 or as old as 9
  • Teams of at least 8 players and maximum 10
  • No pitching required – players hit a 9” rubber ball off a tee or mechanical pitching machine
  • Every inning, the team at bat will begin with the bases loaded and runners stop advancing once the defensive player fields the ball
  • Taught basic skills and rules

Mosquito / Peewee

  • Ages 8 to 12
  • Teams of at least 9 players
  • Overhand pitching is required with a 9” regulation cored baseball
  • Regulation baseball approved aluminum or composite bats
  • Introduction to baseball pitching and general skills and rules

Bantam / Midget / Junior / Adult

  • Ages 13 to 17 / adults 18 and older
  • Teams of at least 9 players
  • Overhand pitching is required with a 9” regulation cored baseball
  • Regulation baseball approved aluminum, composite, or wood bats


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